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Am I the only one who is OCD about book and series formats? For real, once I start a series in one format, I prefer to keep going in that format. Y’all, I broke this habit with Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel, the second of Kenneth Oppel’s books re-imagining Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for a YA audience. I have to say, it’s much easier going from print to audio than the reverse. Such Wicked Intent is quite an enjoyable, if not eerie listen.
Victor is bereft with grief after his twin Konrad died. He burns the library, THE Dark Library, to the ground causing bookworms everywhere to clutch their pearls in horror. Yet, one book does not burn so he takes that as a sign. The book has dark magic that has to do with death, so OF COURSE Victor is arrogant enough to think he totally needs to try out the magic. Eventually Victor, his cousin-love Elizabeth, and friend Henry find a portal into the spirit world and they get to hang out with Konrad again. Yet, this TOTALLY has it’s price and an evil has awakened.
What really strikes me about Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel is the mood. You know how some books totally have a mood that just permeates every single page? Such Wicked Intent has a heavy, dark mood. Oppel’s words are heavy with the weight of Victor’s grief for Konrad. We see Victor veer into madness territory because he wants his brother back desperately and totally messes with things that he shouldn’t. I think Oppel does a great job with mood without becoming trite. This book just is absolutely perfect for the season of fall, it has that sort of mood, if you know what I mean. You can totally read it with scary music in the background as you hand out candy to trick or treaters.
I’d definitely recommend Such Wicked Intent on audiobook. It took me about an hour into the audio to get acclimated to narrator Luke Daniels’ voice. His voice is quite formal which works for the historical fiction feel of the story. Also? I really love the way Daniels the professor. The unabridged 8 hours and 15 minutes felt like no time at all. Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel was produced by Brilliance Audio and as always, the production quality is stellar.
Disclosure: Received for review.
Other reviews of Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel:
Lost In A Great Book – “the results are, frankly, spine-tingling”
Girls In The Stacks – “a story well-played”